, atmospheric railway
, kitty alone
, there was a frog lived in a well
, a merry mouse lived in a mill
Run time 13:08:55
recording of Kitty Alone by Sabine Baring-Gould.
Read in English by MaryAnn Spiegel.
Kate Quarm is a bright and sensitive girl. She lives with her aunt and uncle at Coombe Cellers, a farmhouse, eating house and store occupying a promontory in the estuary of the Teign, in the south of Devon. Kate's father is a dreamer, always off on the next get-rich-quick scheme, wandering across the countryside with his donkey cart. It seems that no one has the time or the inclination to try to understand Kitty and she is left very much "alone." But when she ferries the son of the richest farmer in the neighborhood across the Teign and he falls head over heals for the pretty girl, it seems that the fortunes of Kitty Alone are about to change. Or maybe not - for Rose Ash has marked John out as her own and is keen on defending her claim while Kitty's thoughts center more on the stars and the tides (and the new schoolmaster) than on the ardent boy next door.
The Rev'd Sabine Bearing Gould was a keen observer of people who filled his books with a broad cast of characters, humorously drawn from the 19th Century English countryside. (Summary by MaryAnn)
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April 20, 2015
A great novel, a very fine reader Mary Ann
This is a must read for all, especially young people, who are curious, lovable but not lingering loners(not that being a recluse is a bad thing), who are ostracized by conventionality, thus by the ignorance of the "tyranny of the majority". Be it the conventions of any social class, they become norms that regress to unwitting ignorance, malice, stagnation, and injustice. The protagonist, the outcast of her inane community is a girl with a loving heart, an ethical mind, and that vital thirst to KNOW WHY, especially when it comes to nature both human and of science in general, is lucky to have two or three persons who understand, respect and hence love her and all in this small group including kitty: in some way, directly and indirectly the town, to some degree, turn the community towards being less set in their norms.
Put simply this is a story of a precious, curious, loving girl raised in "yahoo"(not the search engine, think Jonathan swift)-ville making her life more unbearable as the story proceeds. Since I am a strong advocate of NO SPOILERS(well most of the time, i think?), I shall reserve making comment on how it all ends.
Sabine Baring Gould's novel Kitty Alone is so well written: her understanding of human nature, her character development, twist and turns, mystery etc. The only critique I have is that the ending of the book deserved more(chapters, diagloque, narration, development, etc)
Mary Ann you are a wonderful reader. thank you Mary Ann, librivox, Internet Archive, et al, including the author, who made this free audio book possible.
Just one other thing. I wish there were more female readers, and male/female collaborative and dramatic works for free audio books. I quess I am supposed to get involved in the reader forums but don't know how.... so to discuss the just aforementioned.
I think there is something to "love conquers all". I don necessarily mean that between two, but love for mankind(gender neutral)and love for the "why" of things of science and of human nature(most needed is the why of the destructive, deadly and inhumanity side of human nature hence world and national societies. And I, an American, think the US empire is the most dangerous, destructive, poverty and ignorance creating and deadly force on this earth, post ww2).
btw, chapter 18 is humorous
apologies for this non sequitur ramble....will try to revise for clearness and conciseness...don't hold your breath.
March 27, 2014
June 2, 2014
Really enjoyed this
Mary Ann does a fine job reading this tale of a young girl, Kitty, who is alone in the real sense of being among very few people who understand her. Great well-drawn characters in this book along with a good story. I should mention that I really enjoyed the parts where Mary Ann sings. She has a lovely voice, well-suited to the old bits of songs sprinkled throughout the book.
March 28, 2014
Re query in previous review
If you wish to find more male/female collaborative recordings, Dramatic readings
generally (but not always) have mixed gender casts.
October 17, 2013
Charming rendition of a Thomas Hardy-esque (well, sort of...) novel of rural life. The story is well constructed and the characters are, by and large, three dimensional -- Kate's father may be the best drawn. It's not hard to see the one with whom the author, a C of E clergyman, identifies.
MaryAnn has a pleasant voice. Her reading is low key and does not impose itself on the listener. She has a fine singing voice, too.
The sound quality of this recording is high.
TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)
September 22, 2013
Wonderful Recording by MaryAnn
This novel filled with well-drawn characters and vivid descriptions of the countryside, made me eager to read more works by Sabine Baring-Gould.
Great job, MaryAnn!